Kate Charles (born 1950) is an Anglo-American crime writer.
Kate Charles was born Carol Fosher in Cincinnati. Her family moved to Bloomington, Illinois when she was 10. She graduated from Bloomington High School and went on to Illinois State University where she graduated with a degree in library science in 1972. She then went on to earn an MA from the Indiana University. She married Rory Chase and lives in Ludlow, Shropshire, UK. She has been Chair of the Crime Writers' Association and the Barbara Pym Society. In 1996 she underwent open-heart surgery. She was elected to membership in the Detection Club in 2010.
Kate's novels are mostly set against the background of the Church of England.